2023 – CHW
A welcome and unexpected day off as two shooting parties appeared yesterday at 9am on the same day. Consternation but the second shooting party had arrived a day early! Their fault not ours. They had come from Kent and could not return today on the correct day.
So a day to start placing out the new Malus collection in the Kitchen Garden with all hands on deck. 185 plants of 65 different Malus varieties and 3 forms of Pyrus as well.
A long job to sort out what goes where according to the plan with the correct spacings for each variety or species in accordance with ultimate height and width and habit. Needless to say the plan gets changed a bit when we are in situ. A few plants missing and a few extra ones so the master list will have to change a little.
Drizzly but mildStyrax tonkinensis (WWJ 11868) still has a full, if battered, set of leaves on its upper branches.
Cold but sunny.Emerging Hemerocallis leaves eaten by rabbits or pheasants.
2020 – CHW
The first snowdrop peeping out. Many more shoots will produce flowers in a couple of days.
First flowers on Camellia ‘Lipstick’. A wonderful dark anemone form but is it so different from Camellia ‘Anemoniflora’?
We have seen other evergreen azaleas flowering now (‘Greenway’ and ‘Hinomayo’) but here are a couple more. Azalea ‘Kirin’ with its hose in hose flowers.
I notice an odd small evergreen tree below Kennel Close. Its leaf suggests hornbeam and it turns out to be Carpinus kawakamii. Can there really be evergreen hornbeams? New growth is clearly emerging so perhaps? This one not in Hillier’s but it is in New Trees. Not listed as evergreen but Tom Hudson has had it in full leaf at Tregrehan in December.
2016 – CHW
Two flowers blown out on Magnolia ‘Dr Merrill’ but they are high up and well formed or is this in fact Magnolia ‘Wadas Memory’ ? Too high up to tell. This is above Crinodendron Hedge next to the Magnolia ‘Lanarth’.
Camellia reticulata ‘Mary Williams’ (1931 planting) is full out (but just at the top) below Donkey Shoe. Very early!
Camellia ‘Cornish Snow’ below it now has most of its flowers blown onto the ground by the wind and not many more buds to come out later by the look of it. Over by late January? Normally this old plant still has a few flowers in April.
1997 – FJW
First definite thaw – no change in the garden since January 1st.
1971 – FJW
Charles picked first snowdrops.
1967 – FJW
10° of frost last night.
1959 – FJW
8° frost. Moors still very badly flooded. Over 2” of rain in 48 hrs at the beginning of the week. Picked first flower on nobilissima by front door. Sutchuenense arboreum hyb above Veitchii are well out.
1898 – JCW
Soleil D’or in flower, several out, Anenome fulgens out.